SATURDAY MORNING IN A HOME IN OLYMPIA:
“Honey, our kitchen would be so great without this middle wall.” “What a great idea, do you think the wall is load-bearing?” “No way, it will be a quick fix, like on TV!”
Our current technologically advanced lifestyle can keep us in the fast lane. The common trend of “faster is better” causes certain things, such as a home remodel, to take on an unrealistic timeline. With reality television shows such as “The Vanilla Ice Project” and “Fixer Upper,” customers are lead to believe their kitchen, bathroom, or addition remodel will happen in the blink of an eye. At John Erwin Remodeling, we are confident to say this is not the reality. Even though starting a home remodel can be an arduous process, it is a commitment to a life-long, enjoyable product.
Creating your perfect kitchen, bathroom or new addition is a worthwhile project. Your home is often the single largest investment of your life! Protecting and maintaining its upkeep is a must. Updating your home with a new addition or remodel drastically improves its resale value. Careful planning, which starts with choosing the right contractor, is the first stage of the process. This begins by sitting down with your contractor to create the design/contract – be patient as this can take around three weeks for a small project, and up to 3 months of planning for extensive projects.
The excitement of the initial ground breaking can sometimes be deceiving for a homeowner. Demolition and framing tends to move along fairly quickly as a first step, thus making it seem as if the rest of the build will fit the same production speed. However, this is the stage when major factors begin to take lead that could potentially slow production time.
On HGTV we don’t see the ordering process or scheduling of busy sub-contractors. Ordering the flooring, cabinets, electrical features, etc. can cause speed bumps in your remodel process. Things such as out-of-stock products, weather, and employee sick leave can put holds on delivery times. Customers need to remember that quality cabinet companies have more than one customer! Sub-contractors are the backbone in your home remodel. All work done by sub-contractors must be inspected to meet regional code requirements. Building Inspectors work on very specific, constantly varying schedules and can also cause production delays. Inspections are often the number one job overrun factor.
“Finish-carpenters” are artists by every definition of the word. If you are patient throughout your remodel process, when the finish-carpenters arrive, the completion is just beyond the horizon! Just like Michelangelo would not have appreciated being rushed through painting the Sistine Chapel, this stage cannot be rushed. Your cabinet placement or your shower tile work will be the showcase of your new remodel. No one wants a collage of amateur carpentry work, you want a finish-carpenter’s masterpiece.
At John Erwin Remodeling, we are well versed in rolling with the unforeseen production layovers. We strive to keep your mind at ease during the remodel process, by our personal and informative communication systems. Understanding and working together with your contractor will make your remodel an enjoyable process, yielding a home you will be proud of and enjoy for years to come—your own Sistine Chapel!